ATHENS — Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean is not ready to say the Bulldogs are an NCAA Tournament team – that’s a hypothetical concept to him.
But Crean does like the progress he’s seen.
He just hasn’t seen enough from the Bulldogs (5-3) to feel comfortable talking about postseason goals at this stage of the season.
“Everything has got to get better,” Crean said after the Bulldogs scored a 92-75 win over Texas Southern on Monday night in Stegeman Coliseum. “It’s a constant evaluation of what we can do better.”
“We’re trying to build an identity, and that’s what it takes time for a team to learn.”
Crean liked the 18 assists on the Bulldogs’ 32 made baskets, “good considering we’re not a huge assist team, because there’s so much driving,” he said.
But there are still plenty of things for Georgia basketball to improve on before any sort of relevant NCAA Tournament talk.
“We don’t have to make the game harder than it is, and right now we make the game harder than it is,” Crean said. “We don’t do a great job communicating, and one of the things we need to do is communicate better in that zone we were in the second half.
“Right now, I’m just trying to get my team better than to worry about the NCAA Tournament, that’s way down the road.”
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